Friday, December 28, 2018

santa's got a brand new [lounge]

 to all my wonderful friends and family, new and old, near or far, in real life or digital, or for anyone else who visits this blog, i hope you're having a great holiday season and i wish you all the best in the new year!

cards from previous cards:

[christmas lights] on the water

this year my wife and i checked out the "parade of lights" in casco bay, an event we've always wanted to see.  we watched along the shoreline as several boats all decked out in holiday lights cruised the bay, a few even shooting off fireworks.  it was a wonderful start to the holiday season although next time i might bring a heavier coat...and maybe some coffee...and maybe some alan's coffee brandy....and maybe a tripod.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

family [captures]

like a lot of people, i enjoy taking pictures.  being an architect the majority of my digital camera roll usually consists of buildings or other structures, but occasionally something else finds its way into my viewfinder... people.

during my thanksgiving trip back to kansas, my sister asked me to take pictures of her family, a request i was more than happy to do.  not only is it a hobby i enjoy, but it gave me a chance to spend some quality time with my niece who is growing up far too fast and too far away for this uncle.  with the help of my parents and wife, who were behind me making noises and actions, we were able to get a few shots of her looking at the camera, just perfect for a frame.  however several of the "outtakes" were too precious to delete.  below are a few select pics, i hope you enjoy looking at them as much as i had taking them.


Saturday, December 08, 2018


i've always been more of an "absence makes the heart grow fonder," kind of guy than an "out of sight out of mind," guy.  with it being almost a year since i had visited kansas, my heart had grown full of fond.

thanksgiving really is a wonderful time to go back to someplace you enjoy and visit people you love. it may be the whole "feeling thankful for everything aura" that surrounds the holiday, but whatever it is, i just know it pairs perfectly with returning home to family and friends.

i had a long list of activities to do during my trip back home but the most important was spending time with my niece who is now 14 months old.  although she wasn't a huge fan of me i was a huge fan her and enjoyed watching her roam around the house.  a close second on the list was spending time with family, which was accomplished with lots of conversation, board games, drinks and food.

other items on list included checking out a few my old favorite spots, checking out all the new construction in wichita, finally getting some decent bbq, and spending time with old friends. the fact that i can do all this with my wife by my side made it even better. 

a trip like that really makes you feel thankful for a lot of things in your life, and older i get, the more i'm thankful for things that can't be wrapped up in boxes and placed under trees.

3:15 bus to boston to catch our flight

my niece loving bacon

 espresso to go-gp


 nortons brewery

armando minjarez mural

new construction in downtown

 inside the new downtown library

 three meat dinner (including burnt ends) at delano bbq

 one of my favorite bbq spots in wichita

 wood and tim

 monday nights at morts martini bar